The Big Red One (1980)

Sam Fuller directs Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine in this WWII movie following the 1st Infantry from the Africa campaign to the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

Based on Sam Fuller’s own combat experiences this episodic series of manly vignettes is very entertaining. I would wager that this is the last Hollywood studio release to treat war as an adventure, finding gallows humour in the camaraderie as often as it finds futility in the constant death. Lee Marvin turns in a fantastically gruff lead performance, one of his very best. 

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